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How to Save a Model

    Save to Library

    Add a model or models to the build plate in the Prepare view. Once you have made any adjustments to size and placement, click Save To Library. MakerBot Desktop will save your layout to the Library as a Thing file. Clicking Save To Library will not overwrite any layouts that you have previously saved. 

    To access something you’ve saved to the Library, go to the Library view and select the Thing you were working with. Click My Layouts to see all saved versions of the file. From there you will have the option to delete, edit, download, or print the model or layout.

    You must be connected to the internet and signed into MakerBot Desktop with your MakerBot account to save to the Library.

    Save to Your Computer

    Add a model or models to the build plate in the Prepare view. Make any adjustments to size, placement and slicer settings.

    • To save as a Thing, OBJ, or STL file: Click Save to Library and then Save Local File. A Save dialog will open. Use the dropdown menu to select a file type, then name the file and save it to your computer.
    • To save as a .makerbot file (Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D printers): Click Export Print File and then Export Now. In the Export dialog, name the file and save it to your computer. To print a .makerbot file later, go to File > Print from File. Select your .makerbot file and click Open.
    • To save as an X3G, S3G, or GCode file (older MakerBot 3D printers): Click Export Print File and then Export Now. In the Export dialog, select the file type you want, and then name the file and save it to your computer.

    Note: MakerBot Desktop is no longer in development. To upgrade to our newer software, please install MakerBot Print. If you are using a Replicator 2X, we recommend continuing with the MakerBot Desktop software.


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